I absolutely ADORE Valentine’s Day! Not for the crappy Hallmark, overpriced, waste-your-money-on-commercial-crap aspect, but for the handmade, nostalgic feel of it. In elementary school, I remember always writing all my classmates’ Valentines with such excitement. The part I looked forward to the most was making our little Valentine mailbox out of a shoe box. For me, Valentine’s Day always brings back a joyous rush of crafty memories as a kid.
Since it is a day of love, we thought it would be a great time to throw another “Thank You” lunch for all the teachers and staff at Gavin’s school. My husband and I love doing this for his school as often as we can. We feel that teachers and staff should be honored, appreciated, loved, and shown how much we care all year round…not just during Teacher Appreciation Week.
Sometimes it’s just the simple act of expressing how thankful you are in words, and other times in delicious food-filled action. Last year, Jason cooked up his famous tri-tip with au jus and we put on a feast. This time around, I made some cake pops (my first attempt ever), and then we had Panera catered in (it was a bit too hectic to plan out a home-cooked lunch this time around). We hope to put on at least four of these “Thank You” lunches a year for our teachers…just a small token to show our gratitude.
Teaching is something that has always been extremely near and dear to my heart. I had the luxury of amazing teachers & staff (principal, counselor, and more) throughout my life. These remarkable individuals helped guide the path that shaped me into who I am today. I’ve always felt that teachers have the most difficult, most under-appreciated, and most important job ever.
The majority of our friends are teachers or are in public service positions, and I’m so grateful for all they do for children. I appreciate that now more than ever, since I have a child of my own in school…especially since the onslaught of tantrums and mood swings shortly before he turned two.
There is a reason teachers do what they do…and it sure as hell isn’t the pay. It takes an extremely special kind of person to be a good, effective, and influential teacher who makes a difference in their students’ lives.
Thanks to ALL of our teachers out there…we have so many of you as friends, and I so admire what you do! Particularly my special needs teacher friends!! Teaching is such a tireless and often thankless profession, yet you do it anyway due to your passion for changing lives & shaping the future.
Another perk of having kids? I’m thrilled that I get to jump back into the Valentine’s day handmade fun! Our toddler’s pre-school had a fun little exchange with his classmates. Since he’s only three, he quickly lost interest in making this a collaborative project. But as he gets older…this will become a super fun joint venture for sure!
Since every single kid’s event (birthday, gift exchange, holiday) anymore seems to be filled with candy, I always do the best I can to come up with a fun, creative idea that is non-sugar…but also fun and exciting for the kids. The goal is to keep it inexpensive while still finding the perfect item that the kids & families will actually use and love (not just immediately toss out).
Since we were on the topic of nostalgia and things I love about my childhood, a compass seemed like the absolute perfect item. My husband had these awesome carabiner compass clips and I knew these were exactly the type of thing I had in mind the moment he mentioned them!
Now that we had our item, the next part of the project was coming up with a cute way to affix them to a Valentine card. After brainstorming and a couple different attempts, this is what I came up with. They turned out beautiful:
I’ll be writing up a full tutorial on this crafty “how-to” and posting on my business blog. I’ll be sure to update this post with the link as soon as it’s up.